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Top 10 Tuesday 12th May

on May 12, 2020

Welcome back to another Top 10 Tuesday! Originally created and hosted by The Broke & the Bookish, Top 10 Tuesday now has a new home with Jana @ That Artsy Reader Girl! This week our topic is…..

Top 10 Books I Abandoned

1. Milkman by Anna Burns. Every now and then I have these random whims to read either the longlist or shortlist of a bookish prize and almost every single time it turns out…..not great. In 2018, I read most of the Man Booker shortlist and guess which one was the winner? Yeah, this one….which was the one I DNF’d. I’ve seen lots of people lavish praise on this book but yikes, I would rather stick forks into my eyes I think, than read this. I lasted about 35 pages and honestly, that was probably 34 pages than I wanted to read. I found it painful to read. My brain hurt.

2. Absolute Proof by Peter James. I was sent this by the publisher and although I wasn’t really enthused about it, I said I’d give it a go. And I did. But a combination of the size of it (it’s a brick, large paperback form weighing in at 700 pages) and the subject matter (absolute proof of God’s existence, hence the title) I just could not get into it. I stumbled my way through a couple of chapters but I was pretty bored and abandoned it pretty quickly.

3. The Stephanie Plum Series by Janet Evanovich. This used to be my absolute favourite series. I’m talking about 20 years ago – I think I discovered it in the year 2000, when there were 6 books published. I absolutely loved them. Re-read them obsessively. I enjoyed it all the way up until about 12 I think? But then after that, for me, the quality of both the writing and the story went downhill fast. The endless circular plot got on my nerves. The animal moments were tedious and Lula took over far too much of the narrative. I stopped buying them around #17, limped along reading a few more from my library and finally gave up altogether a few books ago. I just do not care.

4. The Temperance Brennan Series, by Kathy Reichs. This is a very recent abandonment. I actually thought I was done with this series, it’d been years since I’d read one. Then I was sent one for review so I thought I’d give it one last go. It was probably a mistake. I did not enjoy it and it’s definitely cemented the decision to no longer bother reading books about Temperance Brennan and Andy Ryan, who are a shadow of their former selves.

5. The All Souls Trilogy by Deborah Harkness. A friend loaned me the first 2 books in this series and they sat on my shelf for ages before I decided to read the first one before the TV series aired here. Look, it was….okay. I enjoyed the history and mythology stuff but the romance? Yikes. It was not for me. Matthew is creepy as hell. I think I described him in my review as a grown up Edward Cullen. I didn’t much enjoy the TV series either and abandoned that only a couple of episodes in. Originally I planned to continue with this series but honestly I think now, in hindsight, there’s just too many other books I’d rather be reading.

6. The Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling. Ooooh, controversial! So, book lovers everywhere used to look at me aghast when I admitted I’d never read the Harry Potter series. I was in my teens when the first book came out, I had zero interest in it and that interest got less, not more, over time. I’m aware it’s a b i g  g a p in my reading. I caved a little when my eldest son began reading the series and wanted me to read too. I read the first book. It was…..alright. Nothing special. The writing was honestly not as good as I was expecting. I was going to read the second book but then my son lost interest when he was part way through the Azkaban book so in the end, I just never felt the need to. I don’t feel like I’ve missed out. We own the box set, I can read them at any time if I choose, but I’ve just never really wanted to.

7. The Outlander Series by Diana Gabaldon. This was recommended to me a lot. I can recall one of my only childhood reading friends recommending me the first book in probably the mid to late 90s. But I didn’t end up reading it until about 9 or so years ago, after I’d started blogging. It was another one that just didn’t blow me away. I don’t like Jamie and I’ve no interest in the love story. I feel the same way about the TV series.

8. Nora Roberts Books In General. This one might also be a bit controversial? In my day I have read and enjoyed many Nora Roberts books, particularly some of her romantic suspense-style trilogies. However – I’ve also read a lot of Nora Roberts books that I did not enjoy and to be honest, the ones I’ve read more recently, just don’t feel fresh for me any more. I just can’t see myself picking one up now.

9. The Fever Series by Karen Marie Moning. The first few books in this series are fabulous. For me, everything that comes after that is an epic train wreck with proportions of the like I rarely see. I hate everything that comes after the end of Shadowfever, which is book 5. I hate Dani. I hate Ryodan. I hate Dani and Ryodan with the fury of a thousand suns. I hate Cruce. I hate how Mac and Barrons backtrack. I skimmed Iced and read through Burned and that was enough. I wonder if Mac is still invisible. Anyway. I don’t care. For me, this series ended with Shadowfever and I’ve wiped the rest of it from my mind.

10. Abbi Glines’ Books. I got sent an absolute plethora of these by the Australian publisher a few years ago. They were turning up what felt like every other day. I read a few of them and in the end I had to stop because a lot of her tropes are just really not for me. Manwhores and slutshaming abounds! Just not my thing – happy to abandon this author and move on.

Most of what I have abandoned are series’ that didn’t work out for me or that I feel have gone on too long/have lost their focus. I do tend to finish most books that I start, even if I just skim read to the end and it’s rare that I’ll DNF something once I’ve begun it. It does happen, as the first two books prove but it’s quite rare.

Do you finish books once you start them or is life too short for that?! Let me know.







33 responses to “Top 10 Tuesday 12th May

  1. Mic says:

    I remember reading Abbi Glines years ago and then when they stopped arriving I wasn’t devastated. Have read and love Harry.
    Discovery of Witches, I enjoyed the first two… still haven’t got around to bk3.

    I generally finish everything I start…. having said that I’m 200 pges into an IT reread and I had to pause for… about 7 other books so far.

    • I generally finish what I start too, even if I don’t love it, generally because I want to know how it ends haha. But there have been a few where I just haven’t been able to.

      I think I just missed the boat with Harry Potter.

  2. HAAAAHHH HIGH FIVE SIS I am not a huge fan of harry potter series either (I read the first three parts and yeah it’s really nothing special, do you think it is because we have grown up?)
    Milkman is in my books for May to read. let’s see how this turns out for me. I also have this thing of giving books from the Pulitzer Prize a shot.

    • Ha! Glad to see there’s another one out there that isn’t obsessed with Harry Potter! I understand what you mean about the Pulitzer, I often try read a long or short list from something like the Man Booker or one of the literary prizes we have here in Australia and just so many times I am underwhelmed lol. I’d like to know how you go with Milkman!

  3. I gave up on Harry Potter in the middle of the next to last book and never looked back.

    • Ok I’m feeling better about it, a few others are not as enamoured as most of the world seems to be! I’ve never been that interested but at the same time there’s always been a bit of “well what if I’m missing out on something incredible?” but the more I hear the more I think it’s probably just as likely that I’m not going to have that connection with it.

  4. I finish nearly all the books I start. I’ve never read Harry Potter and don’t intend to.

  5. Marg says:

    I think I read 5 books in the Harry Potter books but no more. Guess if I haven’t read them now I am not going to.

    And yay to giving up the Evanovich books

    But you know that you stabbed me in the heart with a couple of the other ones! lol

  6. lydiaschoch says:

    I have the same track record with longlist and shortlist bookish prize books.

    My TTT .

    • I keep trying though! Occasionally I do find one I connect with but there’s a lot in-between those where I wade through and wonder what the judges were thinking!

  7. An @ Traversing Chapters says:

    I rarely DNF books because I keep hoping the ending will make it all worth it (which usually isn’t the case). But with 300+ books on my TBR shelf on Goodreads, I might have to start DNF’ing anyway…

    My TTT:

    • Yeah it’s pretty rare I DNF too, because I’m nosy and I like seeing how things end and -sometimes- a good ending can redeem an ordinary book. So some I’ll skim read…..if I DNF it then it’s just really something I can’t face the thought of continuing and that doesn’t happen too often.

  8. I love Harry Potter, but I’m a firm believer that there’s no one book that’s good for everyone! I watch Outlander the TV series, but feel no desire really to read the books.
    My TTT:

  9. Mir says:

    I have no interest in a Discovery of Witches. I know people love it but it just looks like something I wouldn’t like very much

    • Parts of it, the history component, were great. But wow, I feel the romance has dated. It’s very “love/desire at first glance, must have you, be mine forever” type of thing and I wasn’t into it at all. That sort of romance was pretty common in fiction there for a while.

  10. I agree with you about the first Harry Potter book. It definitely feels like a children’s book but I’m persevering with the series so I can get to the more exciting books.

  11. If you’re not an HP or a Kathy Reichs fan, I’m not sure we can be friends! LOL. Just kidding. Different strokes for different folks and all that.

    I am totally with you on literary prize winners, though. They never seem to jibe with me. Even when I’ve been on book judging panels, my favorites don’t seem to be other people’s favorites. Maybe it’s just me?? I don’t know, but I generally stay away from literary prize winners. I know from experience I probably won’t enjoy the winners. Glad I’m not the only one!

    Happy TTT!


    • Haha! See I actually was a Kathy Reichs fan – I loved that series in its early instalments. But I really feel like the last probably 4-5 books have fallen off a cliff, quality wise. I’m finding everyone really annoying and Tempe is just so frustrating now, haring off and doing her own thing all the time.

  12. Harry Potter! Gasp! You’re going to have so many people disappointed. LOL

  13. Oh, The Milkman! Yes! I didn’t include it on my list because I don’t think I read enough to count as starting it!
    My TTT is here

  14. Have you tried The Chronicles of The One by Nora Roberts? What did you think?

    My TTT:

  15. speedyreader says:

    “I’ve seen lots of people lavish praise on this book but yikes, I would rather stick forks into my eyes I think, than read this. I lasted about 35 pages and honestly, that was probably 34 pages than I wanted to read. I found it painful to read. My brain hurt.”

    Come on, girl, tell us how you really feel! So funny. I feel ya. I have no trouble walking away from a book.

  16. curlygeek04 says:

    I also started Milkman and didn’t keep going, despite all the praise. I felt the first Harry Potter was very weak but they do get much better (not that you need to read them).

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